The city of Dunwoody is temporarily closing playgrounds and restrooms at its parks beginning March 20 to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus. The closures are in effect until further notice.

Children explore the playground at Dunwoody’s Windwood Hollow Park. All city playgrounds are closing March 20 until further notice due to concerns of the coronavirus. (File)

Playgrounds will be closed at Brook Run Park, Dunwoody Park and Nature Center, Georgetown Park, Pernoshal Park and Windwood Hollow Park. Signs will be placed at the playgrounds on March 20 to let the public know they are closed.

“We’re putting the safety and well-being of children and families first,” said Parks & Recreation Director Brent Walker in a news release. “Our trails remain open, but we’re asking people to avoid congregating in groups of 10 or more anywhere in our parks, based on guidance from the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention].”

“Our parks don’t have gates that we can lock,” Walker said. “But we expect that people will want to do the right thing to protect their families. Social distancing is key.”

Park restrooms will be locked as well, the city said in a change of plans after initially saying they would remain open.

For more information on the city’s response to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, visit 

Update: This story has been updated with the change to the restroom policy.

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.